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United Nations Day 24 October 2009

UN Day Concert

KBS orchestra

Traditionally, UN Day is marked by an international concert in the General Assembly Hall.

The 2010 UN Day Concert took place on Friday, 22 October 2010, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the General Assembly Hall at UN Headquarters in New York. 

In celebration of the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the United Nations Organization, the concert this year was sponsored by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, and was dedicated to the Millennium Development Goals.


concert programmeThe concert featured the Korean Broadcasting System Symphony Orchestra, led by chief conductor Shinik Hahm, in a rich repertoire of classical music, including selections from Candide, William Tell and Rainbow Body, a special performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op.125 ("Ode to Joy") with the Westminster Choir College of Rider University, as well as a unique medley of traditional Korean folk music. 

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the President of the 65th Session of the General Assembly, Mr. Joseph Deiss, and His Excellency Park In-kook, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, delivered opening remarks.


About the performers

The Korean Broadcasting System Symphony Orchestra has played a leading role in Korean musical life since its founding in 1956. The Orchestra has 100 musicians and performs a variety of concerts throughout the year at the KBS Hall and the Seoul Arts Center Hall. The Orchestra also plays special concerts for broadcast on KBS Radio and TV. 

The Westminster Symphonic Choir has recorded and performed with major orchestras under virtually every internationally known conductor of the last 75 years.  Recognized as one of the world’s leading choral ensembles, the choir has sung more than 350 performances with the New York Philharmonic alone.

Violin Soloist Sarah Chang is recognized as one of the world's great violinists.  Since her debut with the New York Philharmonic at the age of eight she has performed with many of the greatest orchestras, conductors and accompanists internationally in a career spanning more than two decades.  In 2012, she will have recorded exclusively for EMI Classics for 20 years.


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